Episode 15 is the fifth part of the Chicago to The Bay Area leg of Tim Davies’ journey. Tim is travelling across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains, and this latest leg of the US Railway Travelogue continues on the California Zephyr train.
In this episode, we leave behind the meadowland around Reno, Nevada, and head up into the hills of the Sierras, and cross the state line into California.
These images represent some of the views from the train along this section of the journey, as well as some of the ‘stops’ along this part of the route.
Join us for the next episode, which will be the final instalment of Tim’s US Railway Travelogue.
Episode 14 is the fourth part of the Chicago to The Bay Area leg of Tim Davies’ journey. Tim is travelling across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains. This latest leg of the US Railway Travelogue is on the California Zephyr train, and this episode finds hims kicking off as the shadows are lengthening, and the train travels through some of the most wide open expanses Tim has seen yet.
One of the first stops he comes to in this episode is Rock Springs, Wyoming, through Salt Lake City, Utah, while the last is Reno, Nevada, before heading off again towards California through more rugged country.
These are a selection of images captured from the train en route, and of some of the stops along the way in this episode of the US Railway Travelogue podcast.
The journey continues on the California Zephyr next episode into more rugged country. All aboard!
In this episode of Sound Vault: Voices, Dr David Lister explains what has led him to seek support for a new stained glass window for St. Mary’s Church in Eversley, Hampshire, the design of which he has personally conceived. A fascinating insight into an often overlooked subject.
He expands on some of the central themes behind the design, which he first explored in a podcast last year about his life, called ‘The Particular‘. These are, the importance of being able to recognise what love is really about; celebrating the transformative beauty of love, and emphasising the importance of God’s love too.
Dr. Lister was moved to share his ideas for the design for a new stained glass window through a podcast, when his last one managed to reach a couple he hadn’t seen for fifty years! As he recounts at the end of this podcast, they gave up trying to make contact thirty years ago, and then along came his last podcast, which gave them the clues needed to track him down! It also underlined the power that podcasts can have!
If the proposed design is approved, it would take its place in one of the windows at St. Mary’s Church, Eversley, where Charles Kingsley was once rector for 31 years between 1844-1875. Dr. David Lister is part of a group planning to put on a festival in 2019 to mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Kingsley’s birth.
Obviously, if Dr. Lister’s proposal were to get the ‘green light’, it would be professionally designed and built, based on his initial drawings. But he is very keen to know what you think, particularly if you live in Eversley and the surrounding local area.
Take a listen to what he has to say on the podcast.
What do you think about his idea for the design?
What do you think about what he has to say about the concept of the beauty of love, and the importance of God’s love?
If you feel his idea is worth supporting, and would like to see a new stained glass window at St Mary’s Church, Eversley, he would love to hear from you via email.
You can contact him via firstname.lastname@example.org
“O Magnum Mysterium”, Composer: William Byrd; Performer: Ensembles Morales; via MusOpen, under CC BY 3.0.
An alternative version, performed by the Nordic Chamber Choir, which inspired Dr Lister to include it as a backing track in this podcast because of the Nordic resonances in his life, can be found in the YouTube clip below:
Episode 13 is the third part of the Chicago to The Bay Area leg of Tim Davies’ journey. Tim is travelling across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains. This latest leg of the US Railway Travelogue is on the California Zephyr train, and this episode finds hims continuing on, as the train escapes the city of Denver, emerging through the countryside of nurseries, maize fields and assorted agriculture as far as the eye can see.
The route hits Brighton, Greeley, Cheyanne and Laramie, before reaching the stop of Rawlins in this particular episode, in which it also crosses the Colorado/Wyoming state line. It continues on to Salt Lake City, Utah in future episodes.
The images below capture some of the sights seen from the carriages of the train, and aspects covered during this particular episode.
We continue heading on to Salt Lake City in the next episode of the US Railway Travelogue podcast.
Episode 23 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner – Sound Vault’s specialist soul/jazz/fusion show with Upper Hale’s number one collector of vinyl – is a Latin Soul, Jazz and Boogaloo special.
You can expect to hear tracks from the likes of Vladimir and His Orchestra; Joe Bataan; Moguito Santamaria; Ray Baretto; Chollo Rivera and The Latin Soul Drives; Bobby Paunettto; Eddie Palmieri; Tito Puente; the Fania All Stars, and Cal Tjander.
It promises to be quite a show, so make sure you are well turned out for your listening pleasure. This week’s tracks might provoke some moves!
Episode 20 of Tale Waves – the storytelling podcast for younger children – is a story entitled “Sky Dancers“, and is told to our regular host Hetty by somebody called Starday Nite, once known as Alexander.
To mark the fact, Hetty has travelled all the way to the fictional, windswept location of Nordland, to capture the tale for her regular listeners – and to see the beautiful Northern Lights, dancing across the sky in all their beauty for herself.
All the names, characters locations, and incidents featured in this and all other stories featured in episodes of Tale Waves are from the imagination of Gilly Stewart, and are completely fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), or places is intended, or should be inferred.
The Planets, Op. 32, II Venus, The Bringer of Peace, Composer, Gustav Holst, Performer, USAF Heritage of America Band, from MusOpen, Public Domain.
Siegfried Idyll, WMV 103, Composer, Richard Wagner, Performer, Steve’s Bedroom Band, from MusOpen, CC BY 3.0.
Prince Igor, Polovtsian Dances, Composer, Alexander Borodin, Performer, Davis High School Symphony Orchestra, from MusOpen, Public Domain.
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16 – I – Allegro molto moderato, Composer, Edward Grieg, Performer, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, from MusOpen, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.
Meditation (Act III), Composer, Jules Massenet, Performers, Nicola Benedetti (violin) & Julien Quentin (piano), from IMSLP, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 .
All other sound effects thanks to www.freesfx.co.uk
Episode 12 is the second part of the Chicago to The Bay Area leg of Tim Davies’ journey. Tim is travelling across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains. This latest leg of the US Railway Travelogue is on the California Zephyr train, and this episode finds hims continuing from Mount Pleasant, Iowa to Denver Union Station, Colorado, before the train continues on to Salt Lake City, Utah in future episodes.
We follow the journey taken by Tim through this episode with images of some of the points on the route, and some photos taken by Tim himself below on the Sound Vault website.
We leave these outskirts of Denver behind, as we head for Salt Lake City, and the next instalment of US Railway Travelogue in Episode 13 – coming soon.
Episode 22 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner finds Mark selecting what he considers to be some of the finest original tracks to be featured on the much sought after “London Jazz Classics” compilation albums Vols. 1, 2 & 3, compiled by the iconic Soul Jazz Records label.
In this ‘Best of’ London Jazz Classics Vols. 1, 2 & 3 edition, expect to hear tracks from the likes of Doug Richardson, Synthesis, Billy Parker’s Fourth World, and Alive! plus Ricardo Marrero & The Group, Antonio Adolfo, Billy Brooks, Carlos Franzetti and Corky McClerkin.
Episode 11 is the first part of the Chicago to The Bay Area leg of Tim Davies’ journey. Tim is travelling across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains. This latest leg of the US Railway Travelogue is on the California Zephyr train, and this episode sees him setting off from Chicago Union station, and ends up in Burlington, Iowa.
Part two of the California Zephyr leg of the trip to come in the next episode of US Railway Travelogue.
Episode 1 of a brand new music show from Sound Vault – this is the pilot episode of Discover Music with Plastic Dino – hosted by Kitty, a dinosaur enthusiast on an adventure to seek out new, old and unique tunes to brighten your day.
The first show features tracks from Perfume, Kero Kero Bonito, Breakbot, Grimes, Superorganism and Daft Punk – so a decidedly electro-pop/indie-pop/synth-pop feel.
The show is put together by Sound Vault’s latest recruit, 14 year old Kitty Sholl, from Farnham, and we are very excited to welcome her to the team. Discover Music with Plastic Dino should be making an appearance every two months!
Episode 19 of Tale Waves – the storytelling podcast for younger children – is a story called The Icicle Fairy Fountain, full of enchantment, adventure, naughty behaviour, wickedness, happiness, friendship, love, beautiful music, and lots of magical fairies who live on, and in an icicle fountain – but when the icicles melt, they disappear, as if they were never there!
The story is told in the studio by Daphne Crumble – the housekeeper to one of the main characters in the tale, Lily Lavender.
Special thanks to The Bush Hotel, Farnham (Surrey), for their help in providing inspiration for this story.
Episode 10 is the fifth and final part of the Portland to Chicago leg of Tim Davies’ journey. Tim is travelling across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains. This leg is on the Empire Builder train, and this episode sees him covering ground from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Chicago, Illinois. The next leg of his journey will be on the California Zephyr in future episodes.
These are some of the sights and images captured along the route covered in this episode of the US Railway Travelogue.
Episode 20 of Mixed Bag with Mark Sumner introduces a new feature to the show. In particular episodes, Mark will select a letter of the alphabet at random from the ‘Mixed Bag’ of letters, and play tracks only from soul, jazz and fusion solo artists and groups whose name begins with that letter.
Because it is the first time he has played this feature, today’s show is brought to you by the letter “A“.
Expect tracks from Azymuth; Vicki Anderson; her daughter, Carleen Anderson; and the Average White Band, plus Roy Ayers; Animal Nightlife; Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, and Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass.
Episode 9 is part four of the Portland to Chicago leg of Tim Davies’ journey across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains – for the this part of the journey, continuing on the Empire Builder train, from Red Wing, Minnesota, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Here are a few of the images that follow the route along with this episode of the US Railway Travelogue podcast.
The next episode – Episode 10 – will see the final part of this stage of the journey on the Empire Builder, taking up the journey from Milwaukee and on to Chicago.
Episode 18 of Tale Waves – the storytelling podcast for younger children – is a story featuring a time-travelling King, set in Farnham, Surrey. It is entitled Meeting Charlie.
It is based on the true story of when King Charles I stayed overnight in Vernon House, in West Street, Farnham, en route to his execution in 1648.
In our story, when brother and sister Stanley and Rose visit Farnham’s library, adjacent to Vernon House, they are taken through a time vortex when they decide to go exploring, and end up meeting King Charles I.
While they introduce him to hip-hop music and they all enjoy a good dance together, the King introduces them to some of his finery – and leaves them with a white feather, and a poem through which they can remember their trip through the centuries.
“O Magnum Mysterium”, Composer, William Byrd, Performer, Ensemble Morales, via MusOpen, under CC BY 3.0
Episode 8 is part 3 of the Portland to Chicago leg of Tim Davies’ journey across the USA on the iconic Amtrak trains – for this part of the journey, continuing on the Empire Builder train.
The episode of his US Railway Travelogue podcast begins at Havre, Montana – a 20 minute service stop – where there is a steam locomotive on display. You’ll recognise some of these images as described in this episode.
From here, the train follows the course of the Milk River to Glasgow.
Next stop is Malta Station.
Next stop is Glasgow Station, Montana.
We next reach Wolf Point.
We next reach Williston Station, North Dakota.
Then onto Stanley, North Dakota.
We now reach Minot, North Dakota, where there is a service stop.
Between Minot and St. Paul, we pass through Rugby, Devil’s Lake and Grand Forks stations.
More stations of the night… passing through Fargo, DetroitLakes, Staples, and St. Cloud.
We arrive in the morning at St Paul, Minnesota Station – the twin city station with Minneapolis.
The train follows the Mississippi for 140 miles.
Next stop is Red Wing Station.
The next episode, Episode 9, takes up part 4 of the Empire Builder leg of Tim’s journey, from Red Wing to Milwaukee. Stay tuned!